Silverware Drawer Makeover

by DIY Maven

Silverware Drawer Makeover

My silverware drawer is embarrassing. It has become the Bermuda Triangle of my kitchen as it's the catch-all for little stuff that I think is too important to throw but not important enough for which to find a spot. It's also a depository for random twist ties, wine corks, chopsticks, a PEZ dispenser, pens, pens and more pens. And don't even get me started about the 'country' blue organizer. Ick. SO, I decided to embrace

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New Use for Old Drawers: A Laundry Room Re-Vamp

by Craftmel

New Use for Old Drawers: A Laundry Room Re-Vamp

We recently moved into a rental condo where, among a bazillion other rules, we can't paint our walls.  Which is unfortunate, because the last tennants "touched up" with flat paint over the existing eggshell finish.  It makes for an interesting pattern on the walls, but I digress.  Our drab laundry room not only was white beyond all sterile imagining, but it had zero shelving or storage.  The solution to our blah laundry room was found in a few castaways.  

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Super Creative Bookends that are Not Your Typical Storybook Ending

by Craftmel

Super Creative Bookends that are Not Your Typical Storybook Ending

This is my pathetic bookshelf. Yes, I still have college my textbooks.

I wish I could say my bookshelves were full of classic novels and first editions, but the best I can do is a 3rd Edition of Hypnobirthing and an entire row of fantasy books.  If that doesn't hurt my literary morale enough, the shelves are unorganized to boot.  What I need are some attractive bookends to make my book collection look a little more impressive and easy on the eyes.

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Curbly Giveaway: Chalkboard Wall Panels from WallCandy Arts

by Bruno Bornsztein

Curbly Giveaway: Chalkboard Wall Panels from WallCandy Arts


Hey Curbliers, this week we're giving away two chalkboard wall panel kits from WallCandy Arts (each one is worth $58). They're great for jotting down notes, keeping lists, or planning your calendar:
Chalkboard wall panels from WallCandy Arts

Write your thoughts, leave phone messages, make a grocery list, draw some pictures — and never get into trouble when you add these peel and stick chalkboard panels to your room decor. We love chalkboard paint, but it's a more-or-less permanent...

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That's a Wrap: DIY Storage Ideas for Unruly Wrapping Supplies

by Capree K

That's a Wrap: DIY Storage Ideas for Unruly Wrapping Supplies

Somehow, the closet in our guest room was bestowed the unique honor of being the gift wrap storage center.  It's perfectly suitable for the job but, let's face it, my perpetually sliding stack of paper could use some help.  And don't even get me started on the ribbons which, as a girl barely pushing 5'4", are annoyingly out-of-reach.

I know I'm not the only one with A) a wrapping paper hoarding problem and B) a wrapping paper storage...

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Spring Cleaning 101: Tips from a Pro

by Chris Gardner

Spring Cleaning 101: Tips from a Pro

For the first time in months, there's a beautiful ray of mid-afternoon sunshine cascading through my window, and illuminating all the dust and grime that's built up through the winter months.

I dunno if the sun is going to last, but I do know that I can't pretend like my house doesn't need a thorough scrubbing and organizing anymore. Grrrr...stupid sun.    

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How to Organize Your Handbag

by DIY Maven

How to Organize Your Handbag

I feel better about myself when my handbag is tidy. You know the drill: the old receipts and expired coupons have been dealt with, used tissues and wrappers tossed, bills in order (small to large) with the heads all facing the same direction. Even though I practice periodic handbag organization, there is, apparently, some rules we can apply to the activity.

According to the American Chiropractic Association, our handbags should weigh less than 3 pounds. This means

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We Want Your Junk Drawers!

by Bruno Bornsztein

Junk, junk, and more junk!

Next month is spring cleaning and organization month here on Curbly, and in preparation for it, I'm putting out a call for your worst junk drawer pictures. Everyone's got one; everyone hates 'em, and next month, we're going to help you get those babies (and the rest of your house) under control. So, snap a picture of yours and send it to tips@curbly.com along with your name (unless you're just too embarassed to take credit). Who knows, we might...

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Reader Poll: What are Your Favorite Food Storage Containers

by Chris Gardner

Reader Poll: What are Your Favorite Food Storage Containers

The snow is finally melting this week, but it's always soup season for me. I work at home, so I love spending weekends cooking up all kinds of healthful soups and freezing them, so I can microwave one quickly while in the middle of a project.

I'm aiming to do have one of those very soup marathons this weekend, and it brings up the classic cook ahead questions: once everything has simmered down so wonderfully, in what do you store all of it?

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How To: Create a Clean, Functional Mudroom

by Chris Gardner

How To: Create a Clean, Functional Mudroom

What was once an extravagance for newly built homes of the 1980s and 90s has now become essential to the way contemporary families live: the mud room. A place to keep coats, shoes, pet paraphernalia, backpacks, sort through junk mail, and perhaps even do laundry. A transitional room, a liminal space, if you will, to help translate your home to the rest of your life.

But the high traffic can create a bit of chaos, and the mud room can often become a "junk drawer" for your entire house, creating piles of items that don't have another place.  

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How to: Make Large-Scale Inspiration Boards on the Cheap (My Total Office Makeover)

by Chris Gardner

How to: Make Large-Scale Inspiration Boards on the Cheap (My Total Office Makeover)

Welcome to our newest blog series, My Total Office Makeover, in which Curbly's editor-in-chief, Chris Gardner, realizes that as a full-time design and craft blogger working from home, he'd better transform his second bedroom into an inspiring space where work can actually get done.

created at: 01/26/2011

Part VI: Inspiration, Inspiration, Inspiration As a design writer and maker, I spend my days swimming in a sea of image heaviness: photos of incredible rooms, beautiful handmade objects, clever logos and typography, and just awesome looking goodies. For my new office space, I wanted an opportunity to have an ever evolving and changing collection of images, allowing me to curate, add, and reorganize as necessary. So, immediately I thought "corkboard!" and upon checking out the prices at the office supply store, immediately I thought "DIY!" (Seriously, $45 bucks for a bulletin board?!)

So, I did a little research, and came up with a solution that allowed me to create attractive and HUGE pushpin-able surfaces for under $5.00 each, allowing me to cover all of my walls for less than $20.00.  

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Getting Organized: Home Office Inspiration & How-Tos

by DIY Maven

Getting Organized: Home Office Inspiration & How-Tos

When I accepted this roundup assignment of creative & cool filing and organization systems for the home office, I decided to concentrate on DIYable projects only, because, after all, we are DIYers. So I scoured the internets looking for clever, attractive and do-able ideas & how-tos that will not only add a bit of style to our home offices but will get them organized too. So, let's start, shall we?

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